Manitouwadge Multi-use Trails Master Plan

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Welcome to the Township of Manitouwadge's community engagement hub for the Multi-use Trails Master Plan project!

Residents and visitors alike are drawn to Manitouwadge for the pristine wilderness and great opportunities for outdoor adventure. The trails in and around Manitouwadge support four-season recreation to a variety of trail users.

The opportunity for multi-use trails tourism in Manitouwadge is considerable as the area has a variety of types of trails covering some 1000 square kilometres. Manitouwadge and it's surrounding areas are known for its snowmobiling trails, ATVing, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, hiking and wildlife observation, canoeing and kayaking opportunities. In light of this, the Township now requires a trails master plan which will build on completed trails planning work to identify new trail opportunities and enhancements. The master plan will provide the community with a blueprint for future trails projects for the Township and surrounding area.

Your input is a critical part of this process!

The ultimate goal of this initiative will be to support economic sustainability and community wellbeing for years to come in the Township of Manitouwadge. We need to work together to create an informed plan for a local and regional trail network that will serve the community and harness the Town's tourism potential.

You know your town better than anyone. Ask questions, share your ideas, speak your mind! If you would like to provide comments via email, you can email a team member directly.

Please use the tools below to get involved and share your thoughts.


Welcome to the Township of Manitouwadge's community engagement hub for the Multi-use Trails Master Plan project!

Residents and visitors alike are drawn to Manitouwadge for the pristine wilderness and great opportunities for outdoor adventure. The trails in and around Manitouwadge support four-season recreation to a variety of trail users.

The opportunity for multi-use trails tourism in Manitouwadge is considerable as the area has a variety of types of trails covering some 1000 square kilometres. Manitouwadge and it's surrounding areas are known for its snowmobiling trails, ATVing, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, hiking and wildlife observation, canoeing and kayaking opportunities. In light of this, the Township now requires a trails master plan which will build on completed trails planning work to identify new trail opportunities and enhancements. The master plan will provide the community with a blueprint for future trails projects for the Township and surrounding area.

Your input is a critical part of this process!

The ultimate goal of this initiative will be to support economic sustainability and community wellbeing for years to come in the Township of Manitouwadge. We need to work together to create an informed plan for a local and regional trail network that will serve the community and harness the Town's tourism potential.

You know your town better than anyone. Ask questions, share your ideas, speak your mind! If you would like to provide comments via email, you can email a team member directly.

Please use the tools below to get involved and share your thoughts.

  • Recommendations Survey

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    24 Nov 2020

    We are in the final stages of completing the Manitouwadge Multi-use Trails Master Plan and would like to hear from the residents of the Township on the draft recommendations. Please visit https://mymanitouwadge.ca/multi-use-trails-master-plan to have your say!

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  • What we've heard: OVERALL TRAIL NETWORK

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    28 Aug 2020
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    Please take a moment to consider if you agree with these comments.

    The following information summarizes the comments we have received from stakeholders and the public concerning Manitouwadge's overall trail network.

    Overall Trail Network

    • Survey respondents ranked the importance of the following improvements to Manitouwadge’s trail network. From highest to lowest priority, they were ranked as follows:
      1. surface improvements
      2. regular maintenance of trails
      3. maps at the entrances to trails
      4. directional signage/ trail markers
      5. maps at points along the trails
      6. online resources (maps and trail information)
      7. more trails
    • Multiple stakeholders expressed concern about volunteer burnout, maintenance burdens, and spring flooding issues.
    • Multiple stakeholders expressed instances of motorized trail use negatively impacting the enjoyment of non-motorized trail use.
    • In-town trails, canoe routes, advertising, waterfall trail access and signage improvements were brought up repeatedly as priority items.
    • Not everyone in town is happy about off-road vehicles driving around the neighbourhoods and downtown area.

      General Concerns
    • It is important that any proposed trail improvements do not create a cost for users. Perhaps using a new trail could warrant a cost, but not the existing trails.
    • The lodging available in town is limited and needs to be improved if tourism is to be successful
    • Lake Manitouwadge is under utilized
    • Limited volunteers and fast growing vegetation undergrowth make trail maintenance challenging.

    Please take a moment to consider if you agree with these comments or if you have anything to add. Would you be pleased if trail improvements were focused on in-town trails and canoe routes? Which trails are most in need of surface improvements?


    Let's start a conversation! Please share your thoughts and opinions in the comment box bellow.


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  • What we've Heard: IN-TOWN TRAILS

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    28 Aug 2020
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    Please take a moment to consider if you agree with these comments.

    The following information summarizes the comments we have received from stakeholders and the public concerning Manitouwadge's in-town trails.

    Walking and Hiking

    • Perry Lake Trail and the Fitness Trail are popular places to walk and snowshoe. Unfortunately, the beginning of these trails are often flooded in the spring and even into the summer. Surface improvements such as boardwalk construction could make these trail accessible all year around.
    • It would be great if the Fitness Trail could be extended further along the lake.
    • Local trails lack longer distance, intermediate hiking trails. It would be great to have a 16km hike near town.
    • Improve connection between Kiwissa Ski Trail and Gaug Lake to CBC Tower to create a loop
    • Enhance old fitness trail with ecological and historical interpretive signage. This trail has interesting ecology and geology. Signage content could be created by the elementary forest school and changed regularly. A well design outdoor display case would be needed so that information could be swapped in and out. There is good potential for land-based education funding.
    • Put trash receptacles at location with dog poop bags. We should have these at all interior trail areas including pedestrian ways.


    Ski Trails

    • Add night lighting to some of the cross-country ski trails so they can be enjoyed even when the sun goes down early in the winter. This way people can go skiing after work.
    • Northern Ski Club needs a new sign and funding for gravel in order to reduce maintenance burden
    • Some trail clearing maintenance along some of the Kiwissa cross-country ski trails would make hiking in the summer more enjoyable and accessible
    • Expand the use of the ski hill and chalet in the off-season to support more user groups.

    Mountain Biking

    • Develop ski hill as a centre for mountain biking. This would include intermediate trails, technical elements, gradual up routes, a pump track and and maybe some dirt jumps. The chalet could be a source of revenue for the town during warmer seasons. Mountain bikers will make the drive for something new or different. Due to its topography, Manitouwadge has potential as a mountain bike destination compared to other locations. The ski lift could even be used in the summer for bikes if there was enough demand.
    • The Fitness Trail could be improved for mountain biking.

    Signage and Wayfinding

    • Recreation facilities should be better linked in terms of signage and circulation
    • A staging area for both beach and snowshoe trails would be nice. For instance a trailhead with signage, seating, parking and fire pit could developed at/near Lions Beach for use by snowshoers, hikers and paddlers.
    • Signage along the highway to notify people of the ski hill and other attractions
    • Signs must be bear proof (metal)
    • Enns Hill could use signage off of the hydro corridor

    Please take a moment to consider if you agree or have additional comments. Would you get out skiing more if there were lights for night skiing?


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  • What we've heard: REGIONAL TRAILS

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    28 Aug 2020
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    Please take a moment to consider if you agree with these comments.

    The following information summarizes the comments we have received from stakeholders and the public concerning regional trails.

    Snowmobile and ATV Trails

    • Survey Response: Survey respondents rated the importance of each of the following improvements to snowmobiling and ATV trails near Manitouwadge. Improved trail clearing procedures, was rated the most important followed by signage, online maps and connections to other towns.
    • Regular clearing of the rail trail could be contracted out and done with forestry equipment rather than volunteers
    • Develop and support snowmobile routes between towns

    Waterfall and Rapids Trails

    • These trails are not very accessible for people without ATVs.
    • Manitou Falls could be developed as a tourist destination with interpretive signage, an improved trail map and parking area.
    • Visiting RC-17 used to be very popular but now it is unaccessible

    Canoe Routes

    • Black River has great potential as a paddlers’ destination.
    • Foch River has good potential as a paddlers’ destination.
    • Summer Student Employment - If funding becomes available, high school students with outdoors skills could be employed by the Municipality to maintain the campsites, portages, and establish new routes.
    • If Manitouwadge is going to become a home-base for canoe and kayak exploration, then canoe route maps and rental gear outfitting will need to be improved.
    • Survey Response: "campsite cleanup and signage", "portage cleanup and signage", and "online mapping and resources" were rated as very important, and as equally important as "canoe route improvements".

    Other Ideas

    • Reestablish lodging at old campsite near Turner's Northwoods to offer an increase in visitor lodging. This site has existing infrastructure and a sand beach.
    • Explore connections to the Trans-Canada Trail (now called the Great Trail).
    • Explore connection between rail trail and Bearhead Lake

    Help us fill in the gaps! The consultant team wants to know:

    • Where are the best ATV trails located?
    • Do most snowmobile trails double as ATV trails?
    • Where are the ATV jamboree loop trails located?
    • Do any of the Waterfall and Rapids Trails have well marked trailheads?

    Please take a moment to consider if you agree or have additional comments. Would you be pleased if regional trail improvements were focused on the Black River and Foch River canoe routes? What improvements would you like to see made to the Manitou Falls site?

    Let's start a conversation! Please share your thoughts and opinions in the comment box bellow.

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